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Coined by British author J. K. Rowling, presumably from griffin and a compound of the French d'or.


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Gryffindor (plural Gryffindors)

  1. (sometimes used attributively) A person having traits associated with Gryffindor house from the Harry Potter series, including bravery, boldness, or an affinity for lions or the colours red and gold.
    • 2011 August 24, Cyrus Duff, “Which House? Harry Potter Helps Sort Presidential Field”, in Hartford Courant:
      Barack Obama, on the other hand, is a consummate Gryffindor. He comes across in interviews and speeches as someone who's truly kind and angry about the country's woes, though it's clear he doesn't recklessly allow this anger to cloud his decisions.
    • 2012, Eloisa James, Paris in Love, Random House, published 2013, →ISBN, page 167:
      I pulled out a Gryffindor key chain I had been saving for just such an emergency, and she cheered up while telling me why she was definitely a Gryffindor and not a Slytherin.
    • 2013, Patricia Briggs, Frost Burned[1], Berkley, published 2013, →ISBN:
      I had just freed a man wearing a dark blue suit and a Gryffindor tie when Asil's shout made me turn to see Frost right on top of me.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Gryffindor.

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